This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of crime and police news in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.
Two men involved in gang-related activity in Wirral have been issued with two-year gang injunctions at Liverpool County Court.
Kieran Salkeld, aged 29, from Beechwood and Jake Duffy, aged 23, also from Beechwood have been served with gang injunctions which they were made subject to on Monday 25 August 2023.
Salkeld and Duffy are currently serving sentences for an incident on 23 December 2022, where a man was assaulted in Rock Ferry.
Police have arrested two people following a report that a dog attacked a young boy in Birkenhead on Tuesday 5 September.
At around 5.50pm it was reported that a young boy who was with a group of other children on Merlin Road was attacked by a dog.
The boy suffered significant injuries to his cheek and nose and was taken to hospital where he will receive a considerable amount of medical treatment.
Merseyside Police is continuing to appeal for information following a knifepoint robbery in Wallasey on Sunday 20 August.
It was reported that a 14-year-old boy was walking his electric bike through Wallasey Cemetery at around 4.45pm when he was approached by a male who pulled a large knife from his trouser waistband and demanded the bike.
The suspect, who was dressed in all black, left with the bike onto Derby Road and carried on down Seaton Road, Castle Road and continued along Seaview Road towards Asda.
Five people have been charged in connection to a large-scale fight in Birkenhead last year.
At around 4am on Sunday 6 November, police received a report of a fight on Conway Street between large groups of males, some using weapons.
The incident began when a group of males were gathered outside a bar and two individuals started fighting.
Officers involved in a long-term project to tackle serious and organised crime in Wirral have been engaging with communities to build trust as part of the drive to make the area safer.
Officers involved in EVOLVE Wirral have been attending community events throughout the summer, carrying out daily high-visibility patrols in key areas where they have been speaking to residents and businesses, and engaging with young people on the Woodchurch, Beechwood and Noctorum estates.
A Community Day at Co-Op Academy Hillside, Noctorum, held in partnership with Crea8ing Community on 24 August, saw the attendance of all emergency services and featured bouncy castles, raffles and lots of fun activities for residents as well as a special appearance from Bobby the Police Mascot.
Merseyside Police has arrested 13 people as part of an ongoing investigation into the supply of Class A and B drugs throughout the UK and Isle of Man.
Eleven properties across Merseyside were searched and a quantity of Class A & B drugs, a large quantity of cash and a vehicle containing a ‘hide’ compartment were recovered.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Ball said, “These recent arrests form part of an ongoing investigation targeting the supply of Class A and B drugs across the UK and the Isle of Man.”
Three men have been charged as part of an investigation into county lines drug dealing.
On Wednesday 30 August, three men were arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs from a property on Old Bidston Road, in Birkenhead.
All three men have been remanded to next appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday 29 September.
Paul Skyner pleaded guilty to working illegally in Wirral’s nighttime economy and the court fined him £540 and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £216 and prosecution costs of £1,000.
The SIA brought the prosecution following a joint operation with Merseyside Police and Wirral Council’s licensing department.
Together they carried out routine licence checks on 13 January 2023 in Wirral’s nighttime economy. Investigators visited a bar and found two licensed door supervisors working on shift.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has published her second annual report which reflects on the progress and challenges from her past year in office.
The report provides an overview of Emily Spurrell’s activities and key successes over the 2022/23 financial year, providing a snapshot of the work being undertaken to deliver on the priorities set out in her Police and Crime Plan
It covers key achievements including the recruitment of 665 new police officers, reductions in serious violence, gun crime and knife crime and the launch of the Victim Care Merseyside hub, providing specialist support for victims of crime.
Following the vandalism which was reported in the summer holidays, Riverside Primary School is celebrating the restoration of their play area.
Benches and fences were smashed in an area that had been created by the staff and pupils as a “little haven” to be enjoyed by everyone.
When Magenta Living colleagues saw the story of the vandalism, they contacted the Council Leader, Cllr Paul Stuart, offering help to restore the playground. Cllr Stuart then put them in touch with the school.
People across Merseyside are being asked to help shape a new strategy with the aim of reducing serious violence across our region.
Willing residents will be asked to share their thoughts on the impact of violence on communities, their perceptions of the problem, the causes, the consequences and what they want to see happen to prevent themselves and others having a fear of violence.
The development of the strategy is being led by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, with the support of the five Community Safety partnerships in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. They are made up of Councils, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, NHS, and National Probation Service.
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